Why You Should Remodel for Multi-Gen Living Situations
In the Netherlands, nursing homes are beginning to offer free housing to students in exchange for time spent with their elderly roommates, and America is not far behind. According to Builder Online, more and more American homebuyers are specifically in the market for homes that will accommodate a multi-generational living situation. Meanwhile, settled homeowners are hiring home remodeling companies to reimagine their current spaces to accommodate more than one family unit.
Whether it’s aging parents moving in with their children to receive additional care or college graduates moving back in with their parents to pay off debt while job searching in an increasingly tight economy, the multi-generational living trend is on the rise, and it isn’t likely to decline in the near future.
While the financial and emotional benefits are numerous, this new living trend does require new home planning. For families who are currently transitioning, planning to transition, or are selling their home and considering how to make it marketable, we’ve assembled a renovation project checklist to prepare your home to accommodate more than one family unit.
Where to Start: Remodeling the Basement
The easiest and most cost-effective way to expand your home’s usable square footage is to remodel your basement. Fortunately, a home with two self-sustaining stories also provides all parties with increased privacy. So if you haven’t yet remodeled your basement, this is a great place to start.
The Best Basement Floor Plan
Whether you’re just now finishing your basement or you want to remodel it again to accommodate parents or children, there are a few features you should always include. To create a fully functioning second living space, be sure to include a bedroom, a full bathroom, a kitchenette, and a family room.
If possible, it’s also helpful to create a second home entrance relatively near the basement entrance to afford extra privacy and avoid constant foot traffic in the heart of your home.
Less Obvious Basement Additions
As you create and update your basement floor plan, don’t forget to pay attention to updates you can’t see. Two helpful components in creating independent living spaces include soundproofing the ceiling and installing a separate HVAC system.
The need for the first is fairly obvious: privacy isn’t just visual; it’s also acoustic. Soundproofing a ceiling is an easy and inexpensive way to ensure that you and your live-in guests have the privacy your lifestyles require.
The need for a second HVAC system is less obvious but equally important. Partly, this installation is purely practical since several HVAC systems simply can’t span large square footage. Additionally, however, a second HVAC system will enhance everyone’s comfort since different stories in your home have natural temperature differentials and being able to control them independently is important. If you’re splitting utility bills, having separate systems is an easy way to ensure cost accountability.
Add at Least One Universal Design Bathroom
Finally, whether you’re caring for your aging parents or your adult children, you will need to think about how to age well in place. This always means installing a universal design bathroom with a zero threshold shower for easy access. You’ll likely want to remodel for these changes on a first-floor bathroom to minimize steps for the elderly, but do make sure that your home has at least one handicap-accessible bathroom.
If you’re not quite sure how to approach your own multi-generational renovation because of the particularity of your space, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Dallas, TX, home remodeling company for a consultation.